Budget forces Ozark County sheriff to cut highway patrolling

The state of the economy and inflation have reportedly forced a local law enforcement agency to issue an emergency action order. On Thursday, Ozark County Sheriff Cass Martin signed the order stating his office will not seek traffic violations, and only calls of violent misdemeanor and felony offenses will be answered.

Sheriff Martin says the cost of gasoline and other goods and the decrease in revenue forced him to take action.

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Any crime that doesn’t fall within the guidelines will need to be taken care of over the phone or via a walk-in. The Ozark County Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 417-679-4633.

Sheriff Martin says when his office first started the budget, he was attempting to come up with anything he could to cut back.

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The Ozark County Sheriff’s Office will continue patroling in Gainesville. Sheriff Martin says his office has a contract with the city that will continue to be honored.

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